GRHC Orthodontic Program

The Dental Department at Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital has offered dental orthodontic (braces) services since 1998. Orthodontic services are provided by a contracted orthodontist at Gila River Health Care. In the past year, 35 new orthodontic cases were funded by Tobacco Tax for patients from the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC). Children who participate in this program are selected based on the severity of dental treatment needs.

•  Malocclusion or abnormal alignment of teeth can interfere with the ability to speak or chew correctly and keep teeth clean.
•  Impacted teeth or embedded teeth within the jaw should be moved into corrected position.
•  Crowded teeth can potentially make it difficult to maintain proper, oral hygiene and may result in gum disease, tooth decay, or adversely affect appearance.

This program is offered only to (GRIC) enrolled tribal members ages 16 and younger. Patient selection is based on the severity of dental treatment need. This need is established by the Dental Aesthetic Index (DAI) number, a process for orthodontic screening and evaluation.

Gila River Health Care has established a selection committee to review, screen, and select participants for dental orthodontic services. The selection committee meets a minimum of 3 times a year, makes recommendations, and ultimately selects qualifying participants.

For more information, speak to your GRHC dentist or contact Dental Department (520) 562-3321 ext. 1209.

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